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’Tis the season for reading: Snuggle up this winter with a great local book

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This holiday season, give the gift of a local book. Publishers in Atlantic Canada are producing compelling and inspiring books that will be sure to delight every reader on your shopping list.

Spanning fiction, poetry, memoir, art, history, and stories for young readers, these ten locally-published titles feature authors and stories from Atlantic Canada and beyond. You’ll have no trouble finding the perfect books to cozy up with by the fire when the snow begins to fall.

This holiday season, give the gift of a local book. Publishers in Atlantic Canada are producing compelling and inspiring books that will be sure to delight every reader on your shopping list.

Spanning fiction, poetry, memoir, art, history, and stories for young readers, these ten locally-published titles feature authors and stories from Atlantic Canada and beyond. You’ll have no trouble finding the perfect books to cozy up with by the fire when the snow begins to fall.


Christmas with Maud Lewis

Lance Woolaver

When asked about his fascination with Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis, author Lance Woolaver said, “Maud was simply the most interesting story of living and humanity that I’d ever come across.” Now in a beautiful hardcover gift edition, Christmas with Maud Lewis is charming a whole new generation of admirers. Whether it’s animals at play, frosty skaters cutting across a silver pond, or a horse drawn trip across a snowy scene, these quaint yet impassioned paintings instantly fill the room with warmth.

  • Goose Lane Editions
  • $24.95


Viola Desmond: Her Life and Times

Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson

(History)

Considered by many to be Canada’s Rosa Parks, Viola Desmond was a pioneer African Canadian businesswoman who became the pre-eminent Black beauty culturist in Canada. She established the first Black beauty studio in Halifax, the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, and created her own line of beauty products. This accessible, concise and timely book tells the incredible, important story of Viola Desmond.

  • Roseway Publishing
  • $10.00


Beholden

Lesley Crewe

(Fiction)

Beloved Cape Breton novelist Lesley Crewe’s new novel tells the story of Nell, the “spinster on the hill” living near St. Peter’s, Cape Breton. Scarred by her own childhood, she swears she could never love a child and that she will never marry, denying herself a life with the man she loves. She’s proven wrong when a baby is born just down the road from her. Her love of little Jane, despite herself, propels us forward through generations trying to untangle their own traumas and secrets.

  • Nimbus Publishing
  • $24.95


150+ Canada’s History in Poetry

Edited by Judy Gaudet

This unique new collection tells the story of 150 years as a country, recreating historical events through the vivid, concrete, human element of our poets’ responses to them. Judy Gaudet has collected poems that tell our story in a unique way: through the personal passions and concerns of artists who offer a range of encounters and attitudes. Poems come from significant Canadian poets, as well as some lesser known and emerging poets and folk writers and is a must read for anyone interested in an alternate telling of Canada’s history.

  • Acorn Press
  • $24.95


The Lady From Kent: A Story for Girls and Boys and Bees Dressed Up as Fleas and Crocodiles. Also Elves.

Barbara Nichol

Illustrated by Bill Pechet

(Children’s Illustrated)

A zany fandango from Juno-award-winning recording artist and GG-nominated writer Barbara Nichol, this joyful, illustrated book tells the story of the Lady from Kent who refuses conventions of mainstream culture and does not feel limited by standards of behaviour.

“Barbara Nichol is an original — brilliant and entertaining. Her every page charms and entices. The Lady From Kent is a book to read and reread and then read again.” — Eleanor Wachtel, Best of Writers & Co.

  • Pedlar Press
  • $23.00

Banjo Flats

Mona Knight

Get hooked on a new series with Banjo Flats, the first novel in the Fortune Saga by Cape Breton writer Mona Knight. Fortune’s nobody’s fool, which lands her in trouble after killing a gunfighter when she arrives in Banjo Flats – the most lawless town in the Wild West. Now there’s a price on her head. Every outlaw with a gun thinks they can earn some easy money by killing the girl gunslinger. They’re wrong. Second Chance, the second novel in the series, will be published in 2019.

  • Boularderie Island Press
  • $19.95


Louisburg or Bust

RC Shaw

“This crazy beautiful quest narrative puts Don Quixote on a bicycle and sends him out to face history with a surfboard. Half hilarious dream-adventure, half marathon nightmare, the end result is a madcap love letter to Nova Scotia.” — Ken McGoogan

Louisbourg or Bust is RC Shaw’s spandex-free pilgrimage up a haunted coastline on a rickety surf rig on wheels. Fuelled by Hungry Man Stew and blind optimism, Shaw battles potholed hills and remote waves en route to the Fortress of Louisbourg.

  • Pottersfield Press
  • $19.95


Sawbones

Devonna Edwards

(History)

From the first hospital ship in 1749 to early military/naval hospitals, this book covers the evolution of civilian hospitals in Nova Scotia, including all four ‘Infirmaries,’ phases of the Victoria hospitals to the modern QE II, VG, and Dartmouth, and so much more. Sawbones details the fight against ancient and modern diseases paralleled by advances in medicine and nursing, with bonus chapters on ‘temporary hospitals’ after the Halifax Explosion and hospital ships of the World Wars: an excellent choice for doctors, nurses, and history buffs.

  • New World Publishing
  • $27.50

IKWE: Honouring Women – Indigenous Art Colouring Book For Adults and Children

Jackie Traverse

(Colouring Book)

“I had the privilege of going to Standing Rock twice. The strength and power that came from the women there inspired this book,” writes Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse.

In her new colouring book, IKWE, she features brand new works that celebrate the spiritual and ceremonial aspects of women and their important role as water protectors.

  • Roseway Publishing
  • $20.00

The Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan

Edited by Brian Bartlett

(Poetry)

Governor General's Award-winning poet Alden Nowlan died in 1983 at the age of 50, leaving the world with a massive legacy of poetry. Widely regarded as a national treasure, Alden Nowlan wrote with astonishing emotional insight and a profound understanding of the human condition. This lavish hardcover edition of the Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan is an offering of the poet’s greatest poems— eclectic, revered and always relevant. Readers will be mesmerized by his unique voice and deft skill.

  • Goose Lane Editions
  • $55.00

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